for his steadfastness and abiding faith in his people in the face of terrorism and for being a true servant and comforter despite the terrifying odds, governor Kashim Shettima is leadership governor of the year 2014.
His state was and still is the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency that has brought tears, blood and wanton destruction in its wake. That unfortunate situation thrust him in the eye of the storm and has marked a defining moment in the affairs of that state that held a lot of promise for rural development. In spite of this, the governor has not only identified with the people that voted him into office, but has remained steadfast in his pursuit of the common good (even as the crisis gains a crescendo almost on a daily basis) based on the courage of his conviction – that moments of trials and tribulation and one’s approach to them make the difference between one leader and another. But as the crisis continued to take its toll in a manner that tasked the resolve of even the most committed and gifted leader, Shettima, possibly in exasperation -after the apparent helplessness of the security forces – admitted publicly that leadership at all levels had failed the people as far as resolving the Boko Haram issue was concerned. The matter-of- fact manner in which he uttered his regret, particularly after the abduction of the Chibok girls, and his general candour and humility were touching and fully conveyed the feelings of the people. Shettima has remained admirably unrelenting in his pursuit of measures geared towards the elimination of insurgency in the state even as he continues to provide quality leadership to a people struggling to make a meaning out of the whole mess.
This insurgent group has continued to pose the greatest challenge to Governor Shettima’s administration. The abduction of the Chibok girls, in real terms, placed him in the eye of the storm, with the state attracting global attention. But he has not let his people down as he has stuck with them in their moments of grief in a practical display of what it takes to be a leader.
Kashim Shettima was born on September 2, 1966, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. He studied Agricultural Science at the University of Maiduguri and graduated in 1989 and did his national service in Calabar with the Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative Bank (NACB) from 1989 to 1990. He enrolled for his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics the following year. His career in banking can be traced to 1989 -1990 when he served as youth corps member with the NACB in Calabar.
After a stint as Lecturer 11 with the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Maiduguri, from 1991 to 1993, he joined Commercial Bank of Africa Ltd as its officer and head of Accounts Unit at its Ikeja Office in Lagos State from 1993 to 1997.
In 1997, he secured appointment with African International Bank Ltd, Kaduna branch, as deputy manager and later rose to be manager between 1997 and 2001.
In 2001, he was appointed deputy manager/branch head of Zenith Bank Plc, Maiduguri Office. In five years, he had occupied various positions in Zenith Bank’s management cadre.
Kashim Shettima’s exemplary qualities made the then outgoing Borno State Governor Ali Modu Sheriff to invite him to continue the development of the state with his experience as a financial guru.
Consequently, Kashim Shettima contested the gubernatorial polls in the state on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the April 2011 general election and won.
The can-do approach to governance by the Kashim Shettima administration in Borno State serves as a tonic to ginger the people into action and work toward making the state achieve meaningful development in all spheres of life.
The Borno State government is currently showing its commitment to act fast and close the gap in human development as well as in the provision of infrastructure.
Governor Kashim Shettima has directly taken on the task by using a multiple approach strategy because of the urgency required in confronting the challenges posed by the developmental needs of Borno State.
The intervention by his government to eliminate unemployment is a policy designed to create equilibrium so as to ensure that the income generated by the state and the products it produces are consistent with the full employment potentialities of its labour force. It is in realisation of this objective that his administration believes that government intervention in developing agricultural sector has become necessary in its desire to move towards achieving full employment and economic wellbeing for the people of the state.